Taylor Swift Says Speak Now Tracks Are 'Snapshots'

The songs are about what happens 'when we wait until it's almost too late to say how we feel,' Swift tells MTV News.

It is finally upon us. Taylor Swift's Speak Now, her long-awaited, highly anticipated follow-up to 2008's Fearless, came out on Monday (October 25) and judging from the subject matter, the singer has done a lot of living in the last two years. And she tells MTV News that right now was the perfect time to share those experiences.

"I've been working on this album for two years and having written every song on this album and not having any co-writers making the concept of this album come together and sort of writing everything for this album within the concept, it actually all happened very naturally," Swift told us. "So I write songs about things that really intensely, emotionally affect me at the time I'm going through them."

Swift doesn't bottle her emotions. Instead, she revealed that she wrote the album in the heat of the moment.

"You know a lot of artists will take two years, or one year or however many years it takes and they'll live life and then afterward they'll write their album about it," she said. "But I sort of write as life is happening to me, so all of these songs are snapshots of what I was feeling at that moment."

Hearing Taylor's explanation, it seems obvious why the album has the title that it does.

"There are 14 songs, that in deciding to call the album Speak Now, which that decision is based on the fact that I wrote this song called 'Speak Now.' [And that song] is about interrupting your ex-boyfriend's wedding and it's all based on that moment in the wedding where the preacher says, 'Speak now or forever hold your peace,' which I think is an incredible metaphor for all these situations we find ourselves in, in life: when we wait until it's almost too late to say how we feel."

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